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About DSM 4 Equity

The DSM 4 Equity Collective was formed as an initiative of Capital Crossroads in February 2021 to elevate Central Iowa’s commitment to equity by creating and implementing sustainable cross-sector action that drives measurable shifts in policy, systems, and practice. The Collective was comprised of a broad range of stakeholders purposely selected to engage in the development of a measurement tool that seeks to ensure diverse, equitable, and inclusive outcomes across the community.

Mission: Elevate Central Iowa’s commitment to racial equity by creating and implementing sustainable cross-sector action that drives measurable shifts in policy, systems, and practice.

Objective: Create an active master plan that includes measurable outcomes, policy recommendations, and action steps for all businesses, councils, organizations, and jurisdictions.

Goals:

Comprehensive data collection and public accountability

  1. Centralize data collection efforts.

  2. Make comprehensive data available to the public.

  3. Create accountability for our community and show areas of focus.

Supporting employers to improve organizational equity.

  1. Used Organizational Equity Practices Assessment (OEPA) survey information, identify tangible strategies to improve.

  2. Created playbooks to support employers. Read the Playbooks here

About Capital Crossroads

Capital Crossroads is a collaboration of regional organizations, leaders, and residents to develop a focused, ambitious, and sustainable roadmap for Central Iowa. It serves as a forum to connect diverse stakeholders and unite their efforts. Learn more about Capital Crossroads here.

Sponsors of DSM 4 Equity

We are grateful to the organizations that invested in the DSM USA 4 Equity Collective, including the Organizational Equity Practices Assessment and the data dashboard (coming in 2023). Thank you for your support of equity in Central Iowa.

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Kum & Go

MercyOne

Polk County

United Way of Central Iowa

Wells Fargo

The DSM 4 Equity Collective extends special thank you to Kum & Go for donating staff time to develop and design the DSM 4 Equity website to ensure there is a dynamic place for the community to access equity resources. The Collective also thanks Kuma Roberts and Arrowhead Consulting for their leadership and support throughout the journey.

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